3A Composites GmbH

Alusingenplatz 1 , 78224 Singen
Germany

Telephone +49 7731 9412989
Fax +49 7731 9412105
display.eu@3acomposites.com

This company is main exhibitor of

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 8a / G36
 Interactive Plan

Hall map

K 2016 hall map (Hall 8a): stand G36

Fairground map

K 2016 fairground map: Hall 8a

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.003  Acrylic glass (s. PMMA)

Acrylic glass (s. PMMA)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.085  Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.001  Semi finished products
  • 02.04.001.06  Semi finished products of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

Semi finished products of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.074  Composite boards

Our products

Product category: Composite boards

FOREX® - An impressive variety

For more than 30 years FOREX® is the synonym for white, rigid plastic sheets made up of PVC. The FOREX® product line (FOREX®classic, FOREX®print, FOREX®color) offers a huge range of lightweight and high-quality materials with a huge delivery program (10 different thicknesses from 1 up to 19 mm, 9 colours, 4 widths, 3 lengths, with or without protective film), especially for direct digital printing, for internal and external applications. Individuality is always welcome: customized colours, special packaging and even products according to customer specifications are an inherent part of our FOREX® offering.

All FOREX® products can be easily processed for different 2D or 3D applications - manually or mechanically. Our technical service supports all our customers with their product-related questions, application or project queries. Due to our excellent distribution network we can offer very short lead times throughout Europe.

Application field

FOREX® offers a wide range of excellent properties like high stability despite minimal weight, excellent print substrate. FOREX® can be used internal and external:

Signage
Exhibitions
Digital printing
Shopfitting

 

RoHS directive / WEEE directive

FOREX®classic sheets fulfil the requirements of the RoHS und WEEE directives of the European Union on the restriction of certain hazardous substances.

 

FOREX®classic sheets do not contain any of the following substances:

 

Lead
Mercury
Cadmium
Hexavalent chromium
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)

 

Furthermore, FOREX®classic sheets do not contain ...

 

any formaldehyde
any CFC‘s
any asbestos
any plasticisers
any silicon

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Product category: Composite boards

DIBOND®digital

DIBOND®digital is the first aluminium composite material with a lacquer system that is optimised for direct to substrate digital printing. The surface of the new DIBOND®digital provides enhanced ink adhesion for UV-curing and solvent based inks. The combination of both the enhanced ink adhesion and the extreme flatness of the panel make it not only possible to be printed with very fine structures and lines when printing but also allow an increased printing speed. In fact, in its cross hatch test the result achieved in various printing tests at printing machine manufacturers was an impressive 0. The thickness tolerance of only 0.2 mm allow a very small clearance between panel and the print heads. DIBOND®digital is furthermore UV-resistant and can be used with temperatures up to 80 °C resulting in two remarkable advantages: first, the UV lamps would not cause any distortion and second, the material can be used outside being resistant to any temperature changes. Therefore DIBOND®digital is widely specified for both internal and external signs in advertising campaigns, exhibitions and event marketing, photomounting as well as for hoardings and where ever there is the need for high quality imaging and long service life. Compared to standard DIBOND®, DIBOND®digital comes with 0.2 mm aluminium layers making it ideal for plane applications. For large size signage and complex processing (e. g. folding techniques) we recommend to use DIBOND® with 0.3 mm aluminium layers. Otherwise DIBOND®digital can be processed just as standard DIBOND®.

At a glance:

0.2 mm aluminium layers
New lacquer system with enhanced ink adhesion optimised for direct to substrate digital printing
Increased printing speed possible
UV- resistant and resistant to temperature changes between -50 °C up to +80 °C – perfect for outside use
Perfect printing results – Cross Hatch Test = 0
Extremely flat, strong and rigid

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Product category: Acrylic glass (s. PMMA), Semi finished products of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

CRYLUX™

Acrylic glass is the perfect choice when it comes to looks because of its high transparency, resistance and UV stability. CRYLUX™ is one of the optically strongest plastic sheets in this group. Manufactured from cast polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), it is versatile and can be used for company signs, shop fittings, individual items of furniture and in the building industry. The product provides perfect transparency for displays and lively, intense colours for visual communication. It also encourages the attractive expression of form because it is easy to work with using most techniques.

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Product category: Acrylic glass (s. PMMA), Semi finished products of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

CRYLON®

CRYLON® are large-format acrylic glass sheets with brilliant clarity and very good optical characteristics and outstanding colour reproduction which comes in various transparencies. CRYLON® can be shaped and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

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Product category: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

POLYCASA Lenticular®

POLYCASA Lenticular® stands out from the crowd as it sets images in motion to leave a lasting impression on consumers.
POLYCASA Lenticular® represents a series of extruded polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) films, which have been specially formulated for lenticular technology.

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Product category: Composite boards

DIBOND®mirror

The reflective DIBOND® surface for the display area boasts similar reflective attributes to a conventional glass mirror – but it doesn’t break and it only weighs about half as much. DIBOND®mirror creates more light and reflection transparency indoors and is therefore the first choice in the interior designs of shops, hotels, bars and other places of leisure. It is also popular in the area of trade fair design and for applications in public buildings where safety takes precedence. Thanks to its printability using screen printing and direct digital printing or through laser printing, DIBOND®mirror can also be optimally used to carry advertising messages. In terms of its processing, DIBOND®mirror boasts almost the same qualities as the standard DIBOND®; it only allows for limited folding or bending, however.
DIBOND®mirror picks up points when it is compared with mirrors which are made out of plastic because the surface of the mirror doesn’t flake off when it is cut to size. In terms of its mounting, it is noteworthy that DIBOND®mirror is less sensitive to pressure than glass, which often shatters when it is tightly mounted, and that it is also less sensitive than them, which often warp at their fastening points or to temperature change that often results in acrylic mirrors distorting.

At a glance:

Similar reflective quality to a conventional glass mirror
Break resistant and low weight advantages in terms of handling, transport and installation
Surface of mirror does not flake off during cutting
Less sensitive to pressure than glass or acrylic: problem-free mounting without warping
More resistant to temperature changes reducing distortion
Printable using screen or digital printing
Different product versions for internal and external uses

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Product category: Composite boards

SMART-X®

SMART-X® is the distinctive and unique lightweight foam board for sophisticated applications in the field of visual communication. SMART-X® is a lightweight, all-plastic sheet material with surfaces of UV and weather resistant solid polystyrene (HIPS) and a core of expanded polystyrene that is completely moisture-resistant. These characteristics make it the world's only lightweight foam board for external applications without any significant change in colour for a period of up to two years.

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Product category: Composite boards

HYLITE®

HYLITE® is an aluminium composite panel with a polypropylene core and aluminium outer skins. Two different core systems mean our range offers great variety for very different applications.

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Product category: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Composite boards

LUMEX®

LUMEX® are flawlessly extruded A-PET and PET-G thermoplastic polyester sheets. They stand out particularly in the transparent plastics sector because they are fire rated "difficult–to–ignite".

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Product category: Composite boards

DISPA®

DISPA® delivers everything you would expect from a sign and display board – flat, smooth surface, excellent printability, rigidity and stability – and a unique design made of 100% paper.
The unique structure of embossed formed paper which gives the sheet its strength and rigidity makes DISPA® the perfect solution for short term promotional campaigns.

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Product category: Composite boards

DIBOND®

DIBOND®, the world's first aluminium composite sheet which is specially optimised for display. It is light and can be 3-dimensionally shaped, making it extremely stable and rigid. DIBOND® is ideally suitable for internal and external applications and can be used for an extraordinary variety of surfaces.

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Product category: Composite boards

FOAM-X®

FOAM-X® is a lightweight foam board with a polyurethane foam core and coated multi-layered paper liners, suitable for indoor applications. The material provides an ideal weight-stability-ratio and can be processed very easily with manual tools.

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Product category: Composite boards

KAPA®

For more than 40 years now KAPA® is synonymous for lightweight foam boards with a polyurethane foam core. The KAPA® foaming technology is globally unique. The KAPA® product portfolio includes individual paper-based cover layers and applications range from model building to substrate for printing and advertising messages.

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Product category: Composite boards

FOAMALITE®

FOAMALITE® PVC sheets represent a reliable selection of plastic sheets for a variety of applications in the field of visual communication. In structural applications such as substrate printing or used as creative, coloured or co-extruded robust sheets, FOAMALITE® does what it promises.

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Product category: Composite boards

GATORFOAM®

GATORFOAM® is an extremely stiff lightweight foam board with cover layers impregnated on both sides with resin and with a polystyrene core.
A high degree of stiffness, flatness and thicknesses of up to 25 mm make GATORFOAM® ideal for displays and 3-D applications as well as for high-quality lamination, decorative and creative indoor applications.

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Product category: Composite boards

BUTLERFINISH®

The attractive and unique brushed appearance of BUTLERFINISH® is produced by running the cover plate through rollers that emboss the surface to give a brushed aluminium effect. To protect the surface, the coil is then stove enamelled with a clear lacquer, this allows the brushed aluminium effect to remain visible, but ensures no degradation of the surface. This vibrant effect finds its natural home in areas such as shop fitting, in-store design, furniture construction, high quality POS / POP applications and signage applications. Whether for interior or exterior use, its ability to be used in either 2D or 3D, as well as a wide range of processing possibilities such as, rolling, routing, bending and bevelling, means that DIBOND® becomes the perfect substrate for those creating new designs. The brushed aluminium effect is complimented by gold, stainless steel and copper versions.

At a glance:

Embossed brushed effect
Characteristic structure
Excellent results with screen printing and direct digital printing
Clearly varnished surface (pigmented varnishes have a reduced UV resistance)
Optimum processing parameters

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About us

Company details

3A Composites, a division of Schweiter Technologies, has approximately 2’500 employees at various locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia. It is active in manufacturing and commercializing lightweight products for architecture, visual communication, transportation, industrial and wind energy markets. Leading brands such as ALUCOBOND®, DIBOND®, ALUCORE®, HYLITE®, FOREX®, GATORFOAM®, KAPA®, FOAM-X®, FOME-COR®, AIREX®, SMART-X® and BALTEK® were invented by 3A Composites.

3A Composites, formerly well-known as Alcan Composites, belongs to Schweiter Technologies since December 01st, 2009. Schweiter Technologies is headquartered in Horgen, Switzerland.

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Company data

Sales volume

> 100 Mill. US $

Export content

> 75%

Number of employees

> 500

Foundation

1969

Area of business

Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics

Target groups
  • Plastic product manufacturing
  • Other industries